ABA Responds to National Travel and Tourism Office Report on Decline of Inbound Travelers into the U.S.


Washington, DC – The American Bus Association (ABA) – the industry leader advancing North American motorcoach group travel and tourism – responded to the National Travel and Tourism Office report that shows a 3.3 percent drop in travel spending and a 4 percent decline in inbound travel, with a loss of $4.6 billion and 40,000 jobs.

ABA President & CEO Peter Pantuso, CTIS, released the following statement:

"We are concerned about the fall in tourism to the United States and call on the administration to work with the travel and tourism community to show that the United States remains an open and welcoming destination."

ABA has previously joined the travel and tourism community in calls on the Trump Administration to make clear statements that legitimate international business and leisure travelers remain welcomed and valued by the United States.

Motorcoach travel and tourism generates as many as 1.4 million jobs in communities across the United States, paying over $62 billion in wages and benefits.






About the American Bus Association

The American Bus Association (ABA) is the trade organization of the intercity bus industry with more than 1,000 motorcoach and tour company members in the United States and Canada. Its members operate charter, tour, regular route, airport express, special operations and contract services. Another 2,800 members are travel and tourism organizations and suppliers of bus products and services who work in partnership with the North American motorcoach industry. For more information, visit www.buses.org



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Hospitality Expert Glenn Haussman to Keynote Somerset County's Annual Salute to Tourism Awards on January 19


Winners in Three Categories will be Announced at Event at the Bernard's Inn in Bernardsville, N.J.



BRIDGEWATER, N.J., January 3, 2017 - Noted hospitality expert Glenn Haussman will deliver the keynote speech at the 5th annual Somerset County Salute to Tourism Awards event, which recognizes individuals, organizations and venues that have made a positive economic impact through tourism activities in the central New Jersey county. The event will be held on Friday, January 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Bernard's Inn, 27 Mine Brook Road in Bernardsville, N.J.; it draws leaders in tourism and business from throughout Somerset County and surrounding areas.

Widely recognized as one of the hospitality industry's top speakers, Haussman is the president of  <http://www.rouse.media> Rouse Media, a hospitality brand consultancy, and host of his popular weekly travel podcast, "No Vacancy." The show, which was selected by USA Today as one of the top podcasts to listen to while traveling, attracts hospitality's biggest names in as guests and is listened to by leisure and business travelers as well as industry professionals. His website, novacancynews.com, curates the latest news stories happening in the hotel and travel industries.

Through "No Vacancy" and his frequent speaking and training engagements, Haussman shares insights into lodging trends and creating a superior customer experience, garnered throughout his 20 years of experience in the hospitality field. He is a regularly featured expert for leading consumer publications and sites such as The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, MSNBC.com, CNN.com and The Chicago Tribune. As an adjunct professor, he has taught classes in consumer behavior at New York University's Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management.

"We are eagerly anticipating what Glenn will share with our partners during his keynote address at the Salute to Tourism Awards," said Jacqueline Morales, director of tourism with the Somerset County Office of Tourism. "I know that attendees will walk away with a better understanding of the value that hotels provide to all Somerset County industries and residents, as well as some fresh ideas for working with our considerable hotel market."

Somerset County's Salute to Tourism awards honor employees and organizations throughout Somerset County, N.J. in three categories: Economic Champion, Service Excellence and Tourism Champion. The program pays tribute to front line tourism staff and organizations that set the bar for the Somerset County Tourism industry. The awards selection committee comprises representatives from fellow New Jersey Destination Marketing Organizations (DMOs).









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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (December 4, 2017) – All 480 rooms in the Ocean Tower have been renovated at Resorts Casino Hotel, a Mohegan Sun property, including 112 junior suites, 14 parlor suites, and one Presidential suite.  The recently completed update is part of approximately $100 million that was earmarked for expansion and renovation of the hotel, which included $35 million spent on the Jimmy Buffett-themed Margaritaville entertainment complex and a state-of-the-art conference center, which opened in 2015.


The $25 million investment in newly renovated deluxe rooms is inspired by a tropical fun theme and Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville with sand inspired carpets, coral patterns and tropical dark woods. The rooms include free in-room Wi-Fi, LCD televisions, a refrigerator, laptop sized safe, iron and ironing board and coffee/tea maker. Connecting rooms are also available.  Interior designers Floss Barber Inc. and SOSH Architects, specialists in hospitality design, were chosen for the work.


Aptly named for its close proximity to the beach and Boardwalk, the Ocean Tower has been a favorite of Resorts’ guests since the property opened as Atlantic City’s first casino in 1978. It offers spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean, beach, the world-famous Boardwalk, and the back bays of the Atlantic City region.


Resorts celebrated the opening of its new high technology Conference Center in 2015 and now offers 64,000 square feet of meeting space, encompassing 24 meeting rooms (14 with natural light and ocean views), four ballrooms and a multi-purpose showroom. The largest ballroom can accommodate groups as large as 850 for banquets and up to one hundred 8’ by 10’ exhibits or eighty 10’ by 10’ exhibits. Two theaters offer seating for 300 or 1,350 people with state-of-the-art sound and light technology. With a peak room block of 400 rooms, Resorts Casino Hotel provides up to 160 square feet of meeting and function space per guest room, nearly twice that of a typical conference hotel. 


Resorts’ All-inclusive Meeting Packages, an exclusive group meeting option in Atlantic City, are available Sunday-Thursday from $219 per person double or $259 single. Price varies by season and includes spacious upgraded guest rooms, morning and afternoon coffee breaks, Wi-Fi in meeting rooms and guestrooms, audio-visual, parking, all taxes, gratuities, resort fees and meeting room rental, as well as three meals per day in a variety of award-winning restaurants on site.Casino Player Magazine readers proclaimed several dining outlets at Resorts to be the best of 2017, including Capriccio Italian Restaurant, Gallagher’s Steakhouse and Gallagher’s Burger Bar, Margaritaville Coffee Shop, EastWind Chinese Restaurant & Noodle Bar, now open seven days a week for both lunch and dinner.  Landshark Bar & Grill won both Best Outdoor Dining and Best Pool/Beach Bar.  To book a meeting or event at Resorts Casino Hotel, call (609) 340-7850 or visit www.meetatresorts.com .




The resort that brought gaming to Atlantic City in 1978, Resorts Casino Hotel, a Mohegan Sun property, is at the top of its game today, offering world-class casino action in a relaxed environment that keeps the focus on fun. Resorts Casino Hotel made history as the first American casino outside of Nevada and is getting ready to celebrate a major milestone – their 40th anniversary in May 2018. Winner of 20 Casino Player Magazine 2017 “Best of Gaming Awards,” Resorts Casino Hotel has undergone $100 million in renovations, including the all new state-of-the-art Resorts Conference Center, a large $25 million room renovation project and the $35 million Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville themed entertainment complex with the only beach bar, Landshark Bar & Grill, on the Atlantic City sand open year-round.


Mohegan Gaming Advisors assumed management of Resorts Casino Hotel in 2012, a move that has set the stage for its return as the most exciting gaming destination in Atlantic City. Boasting a prime location spanning 11 acres at the northern end of the famed Atlantic City Boardwalk, the resort features 942 guest rooms and suites in two hotel towers, an 80,000 square-foot casino, two theaters, 10 restaurants, a food court featuring five eateries, two VIP slot and table player lounges, a casino bar, indoor-outdoor swimming pool, health club and spa, salon, and retail shops. Its 64,000 square feet of technologically advanced meeting space includes 24 meeting and function rooms, most featuring natural light and ocean views, and a 13,000-square-foot ballroom. For more information, visit our website www.meetatresorts.com or call toll free (800) 334-6378. Connect with us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or Instagram and view us on YouTube.



Resorts Casino Hotel recently upgraded guest rooms in the Ocean Tower.  Pictured here is a Coral King Suite, the largest available hotel rooms in Atlantic City. Resorts offers groups more than 100 junior suites with two bathrooms.